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Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers

CCFC works for the rights of children to grow up—and the freedom for parents to raise them—without being undermined by commercial interests. We advocate for policies to protect children from harmful marketing and promote commercial-free time and space for kids. Learn more...

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Why Kids Need Commercial-Free

Why is advertising harmful to children? How do marketers target kids? Why is screen-free time essential to healthy development? How can we de-commercialize holiday celebrations and school book fairs? Find resources...

Take a Stand for Children

Our voices make a difference. Visit our Action Center to learn about CCFC’s current campaigns to stop the corporate takeover of childhood and how you can get involved. Take action!

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Support CCFC

Help us stand up to the world’s most powerful companies with your tax-deductible contribution. We rely on people like you because we will not compromise our commitment to children by accepting corporate funding. Make a gift.

Recent News

Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Post This: “Facebook Discontinues Messenger Kids”

Dear Mark, You seem like a nice enough guy. I mean, if you lived in our cul-de-sac and if the wind had blown our garbage can lid off (as it does during high wind season here in the Pacific Northwest...

CCFC Asks Facebook to Scrap New App for Young Kids

Adding to a growing chorus demanding that tech companies act more responsibly, a coalition of more than 100 public health advocates today called on Facebook to pull the plug on Messenger Kids, the...

Resisting digital culture's shiny objects

I’ve spent the last thirty years studying and writing about the relationship between people and technology. And I’m worried, particularly about kids. When technology plays an outsized role in...

Upcoming Events

Registration is open for the very first conference on reducing children’s screen time!

Join experts from around the globe to learn about the latest research, swap strategies and best practices, and share practical solutions that actually work. Featuring special guest author, advocate, and parent, Paula Poundstone! 

April 20 & 21, 2018
Wheelock College
Boston, Massachusetts

Space is limited! Register now.

FB Messenger Kids

UPDATE: Read the new CCFC statement on Facebook ignoring the concerns of experts and expanding its kids’ app to Android.

In December, Facebook rolled out Messenger Kids, the first major social media app for children under 13. The app is likely to normalize social media use by kids as young as five. But a wealth of research links adolescent social media use to depression, poor sleep habits, and unhealthy body image – and younger children are even less equipped to deal with the interpersonal challenges and addictive power of social media.

That's why CCFC and 117 child development experts and advocates sent a letter to Facebook  urging them to scrap the Messenger Kids app. 

Now we need your help.

Sign the Petition!